Philadelphia born trumpeter, trombonist and composer Michael Philip Mossman has been active on the international scene since the age of 17. Mr. Mossman has performed and recorded with his own groups and with bands led by a virtual who’s who of the music industry.|
Michael’s new album, the Orisha Suite is due for international release in September 2000 on the Connector label. The group name is Metaphysical Mambos and features Latin legends Ray Barretto, Paquito D’Rivera and Patato Valdez. This album follows Micheal’s popular albums, Springdance and Mama Soho, released on the Claves Jazz and TCB labels. Also due for release in September 2000 is Michael’s recording of the Aztec Suite with the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra on Milestones Records.
A National Merit Scholar, Michael graduated cum laude from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in Sociology/Anthropology as well as Orchestral Trumpet and Jazz composition. He studied with Vincent Cichowicz of the Chicago Symphony before moving to New York. Michael completed his Master’s degree at Rutgers University and studied film scoring with Don Sebesky. Michael is also a graduate of Anthony Robbin’s Mastery University.
Following stints as lead trumpet with the Machito Orchestra, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Michael became the musical director of the Blue Note Records’s "young lion" group, Out of the Blue (OTB). He recorded four albums for Blue Note with this group before disbanding to join the Horace Silver Quintet.
In addition to Horace’s group, Michael has toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Steve Turre, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Tom Pierson, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Benny Carter, the Gil Evans Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra.
Michael has also been a key performer in Latin Jazz since his days with Machito. Michael has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Chico O’Farill, Ray Barretto, Daniel Ponce, Israel "Cachao" Lopez, Paquito D’Rivera, Bebo Valdez and Michel Camilo (including a screen appearance in the motion picture "Too Much"). Michael served as staff arranger and trumpet soloist for the legendary innovator of salsa, Mario Bauza and his Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra.
Michael has composed and arranged scores for the Grammy winning album, the Joe Henderson Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Charles Mingus Orchestra, Tito Puente, Mario Bauza, Slide Hampton and the Jazz Masters Orchestra, Paquito D’Rivera and the United Nations Orchestra, the UMO Orchestra of Finland, the NDR Big Band of Hamburg, Germany, Giovanni Hidalgo and Ray Barretto’s New World Spirit. Michael has also arranged music for the film Bossa Nova.
Michael has performed classical and contempory classical pieces with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Naumberg Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Composer’s Guild, the Garden State Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and the contempory classical ensemble "Secret Cosmos". Michael has recorded the Daniel Schnyder Trumpet Sonata on the Koch Schwann label and has recorded two solo classical albums for MM1.
Michael has been active in music education since 1980. Michael began as a music coordinator for Upward Bound and as an instructor in the Mayor’s Inner City Summer Youth program in Chicago. Michael has taught classical and jazz trumpet and trombone, jazz history, arranging and composition, jazz improvisation and jazz ensemble. Michael has held positions on the faculties of Rutgers University, The New School for Social Research, Bloomfield College, Manhattanville College and the New Jersey Summer Arts Institute. Michael is currently Associate Professor and Diector of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
Michael has given numerous clinics in music performance, composition and music business in the United States and abroad. These have included: the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Finland; IV Seminario de Jazz en Sedavi, Spain (3); the Taller de Musics, Barcelona, Spain; the Escuela Superior de Musica, Mexico City (lectures given in Spanish); the Jazz Schule of Zurich, Switzerland; the University of Pittsburgh (2); Oberlin University (3); the Eastman School of Music; Georgia State University; Moorhead State Univesity; Duke University; Georgia Southwestern State U.; Southwest Texas State U.; the University of Central Florida; Princeton University; Long Island University; the 1999 IAJE Convention; PMEA, the New Jersey Teen Arts Festivals and in Life Magazine of Tokyo, Japan.
Michael Philip Mossman is proud to be associated with the Yamaha Corporation.